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Sparky and Coach, clears up blockers in the way

Updated: Jul 29, 2022

As you know now from yesterdays article "Sparky and Coach, crimebusters of learning" I have always been interested in becoming an electrician. This was for fun mainly, knowing that it would be hard, I wanted to achieve something that I didn't think I was wired* to do.

Day 3: Yesterday was hard (again), today was even harder (again,again)! De ja vou, I came in with confidence, thinking "I got it" and left with one man down and the feeling of confusion (followed by an evening of John Ward youtube channel)

So my learnings...


  1. Gain PERMISSION. Permission to switch off the power, each time. An easy cue is to start with "Shall we pop the kettle on before I switch the power off Mrs Markle?". That doesn't stop us as valuable contributors to our places of work to give ourselves permission to step away. Take a stroll, a glass of water, and a breath.

  2. Let's get VISUAL. There are cases, for example, when installing a light switch that your neutral wire takes a different role. So you grace it with a sleeve of the correct colour. Let's remember KANBAN, a visual sign to represent the work in progress, a sign to replenish, a sign for action... Get visual in your communication.

  3. Be LOGICAL. As future domestic electricians, unlike commercial installations, we have to do the design work ourselves. So logical layouts and drawings to support are important, enabling us to build. Documentation is great! Whilst it is "live", as scrum teams and organisations only produce documents that provide value; are read, updated and give purpose.

  4. Obviously OUT. Once you have "served" permission to Mrs Markle, turning of the electricity it's vital to put a 'thingy-ma-bob' also known as a 'watcha-me-call-it' and sometimes "Leadermans lock out/off". This simple locks the RCB from being flicked on. Now if we can do this simple exercise of putting an 'out of service' lock on a fuse board to reduce the risk of electrocution, then let's do the same when we as people are "out of service". Non-contactable, taking a break, looking after family, sick, whatever it may be. If your team or organisation can't survive let alone thrive without you...That's an issue.

  5. Problem SOLVED. A big part of an electricians job is problem-solving, whether there's a change in requirements, a new layout, updating or connecting to old wiring, or fixing a DIY mess up (electricity kills so DIY it not) there are always things to solve. As individuals and teams, we need to work together to solve for customer blockers, provide solutions and help one another when issues arise. Timebox self-solving and then reach out to others.

*WARNING: Puns will be present throughout the article. If that's not your thing, take a trip.

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